Gym Badges, Co-Op Raids Coming to Pokemon Go

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News that Niantic would be shutting down gyms in Pokemon Go to start working on the big overhaul on the augmented reality videogame's gym system has been going around for a while, and now the company just officially announced that it would be closing the gyms later today.

Another big change to the gym system is the introduction of gym badges.

In addition, players will now be able to collect Items from a Gym similarly to how they already can from a Pokestop. Each Gym will have six slots that can be filled by the Pokemon of the team controlling it and each Pokemon must be unique - for example, only one Gyrados can be on each Gym. The Pokemon placed in the gym will be battled in the order they were placed instead of their CP order. The level of your gym determines the bonuses you receive while a part of it, so best to level it up as best you can. If the team takes down the raid boss within five minutes of the battle starting each person who fought will have a chance to catch a Pokemon of the same type as the raid boss. If a Pokemon loses all of it's motivation then it will return to the trainer. In the days to follow, more players will be added and Raid Battles will be activated at more gyms around the world until the team is ready to launch it fully. You can get one free Raid Pass per day by visiting a Gym, but you can only hold one at a time.

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Stay tuned for more information about the Pokemon Go raid system and gym updates. You can also get Premium Raid Passes from the in-game shop. These Badges can be leveled up by battling, spinning the Photo Disc and giving berries to Pokemon in Gyms.

And to make things more competitive, defending Pokemon will lose motivation over time, which will lower their effective CP and therefore make them easier to defeat.

Raid battles will give Trainers the chance to team up with other players to defeat powerful Raid bosses. "Upon using your pass to join the battle, you and up to 20 other Trainers work together to defeat the Raid Boss". In the meantime, go and grab Pokemon GO from Google Play to get reacquainted. Additionally, these Pokemon will drop valuable new items, including Golden Razz Berries (a more powerful version of the Razz Berry), Rare Candies (wildcard candies and can be used on any Pokemon), and the much-anticipated Technical Machines.

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